For sale: The Yorkshire cottage offering the best of coast and country

April Cottage, Aislaby
April Cottage, Aislaby
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This double-fronted, stone-built cottage is a charmer, both inside and out and it came as a ready-made package when Elizabeth Buckley bought it three years ago as a holiday let.

“It’s such a pretty house and was already a holiday property so we bought the lot, including the furniture and furnishings,” she says. “The location is amazing. It’s a thriving village very close to Whitby and there are breathtaking views along the Esk valley.”

The dining area

The dining area

Elizabeth is selling so she can reinvest in her own home but says: “I am very sad to see it go and I will miss it but I have made my mind up to sell.”

The property has original features, including beamed ceilings, an inglenook fireplace and exposed stonework. The ground floor has an entrance porch leading to a sitting room with dual aspect windows. There is a separate dining room with double doors leading onto the garden and a kitchen with Shaker style units.

The first floor has three large bedrooms and a bathroom. Outside, a driveway offers off-street parking and there is a low maintenance front garden. To the rear is an elevated garden with a decked seating area and summerhouse overlooking open countryside.

The location, according to Hendersons estate agents, is “beyond desirable”. Aislaby, which faces south overlooking the North York Moors in the Esk valley, is pretty and has a good local pub, The Forge.

The window seat

The window seat

One of its biggest selling points is that it just over three miles from Whitby. There’s also a park and ride to Whitby and a regular bus service.

Nick Henderson says: it is popular with walkers and bird spotters but many are content to simply soak up the scenery as Aislaby is considered by some to have some of the best views in North Yorkshire.”

Those looking for a holiday home in Whitby can find more choice and, often, better value in the surrounding inland villages. Aislaby is one of the most popular but there is also Newholm, which is three miles from Whitby. Grosmont, is seven miles away and has a train service to Whitby. Ruswarp is a riverside village just a couple of miles west of Whitby.

Contact: Hendersons estate agents, Whitby, tel: 01947 602626, www.myhendersons.co.uk.

The rear of the property with views over surrouning countryside.

The rear of the property with views over surrouning countryside.

April Cottage, Aislaby. Price: £300,000. Contact: myhendersons.co.uk